Thursday, December 31, 2009

Out with the old and in with the new...........

Fasten your seat belts and put your chairs in the upright position. You are about to enter 2010: The year of Joe. So part like the Red Sea because I'm rolling through.
2009 was as Dickens said it was the best of times; it was the worst of times. We shall focus on the best times.
I want to give a shout out to Bill and Frank for making my fishing experience all the better in 2009.
My God remember that dank drizzly day with green water when we couldn't stop smiling?
We were on our game that day or at least the cooperative fish made us feel that way.
That day is forever etched into my memory and I hope we hit it that way in 2010.

A shout to Tom for the day we went to the Dirty Burt and it was crap. Our plan B kicked ass and it was a good call on your part.
Mike P. every time were out and you catch a fish I take pride in your catch and the look of excitement on your face. This stuff is fun isn't it?

To my little tribs both big and small which have been my friend, my church, and soul nurturing sanctuary.
I would be lost with out our gravel runs and shale cliffs.
Thank you God for gifting to me the wonderful experiences I have had over the last 12 months.
It has shown me that it is truly the little things in life that make us the richest men on the planet.
As for today, I did get out and was able to end 2009 with a relative bang.
The temperatures hit 32 degrees in the morning. A far cry from the single digits a few days ago. The water was green, the slush was gone, and I banged a few fish with a bonus brown trout thrown in the mix.
A good way to move on from this Godforsaken year.
Come on 2010!!!!
You cant get here soon enough......................


  1. Thanks for the kind words, Joe.
    I was sitting here smiling at the mention of "that day".
    The water in the pictures looks amazing!
    Wish I could have been there.
    Looking for more great times in '10

    Happy New Year

  2. 2010...The year of Joe!
    Nice! Go get em brother. I wish you all the best. Thanks for sharing your year with us all.

  3. As always, Joe- well said. Fishing with you is always a blast. Can't wait for another opportunity to go out with Steelhead Nation.

    Happy New Year.

  4. All the best to you in 2010 Joe!

    Perhaps we can hook up for a drift or two in the coming year???

    It has been a pleasure to peruse your blog over the past year and I look forward to continued entries from "18 Mile"


  5. Joe,

    Wishing you all the best in 2010 my friend. It has been and up and down year but we have shared some great times on and off the water. Looking forward to what life has ahead for us.